|Character on Hey Arnold!|
|Occupation||4th Grade Student|
|Family||Father: Mr. Sawyer|
|Best friends||Olga Pataki|
|Relationships||Arnie (crush) |
Arnold (former crush)
|Voiced by||Ashley Buccille|
Lila Sawyer is a fictional character in the Hey Arnold! TV series.
Lila is, as Helga puts it, "little miss perfect." She's as smart as Phoebe, as stylish as Rhonda, and the most popular girl among the boys. At first, the other girls are jealous, but when they learn about her humble, disadvantaged home life, they begin to sympathize with her.
Helga's dislike for Lila later resurfaces in the episode Arnold & Lila, even though it is the result of Helga's own actions. Lila decides that she "like-likes" Arnold after finding "Arnold & Lila" written on an alley wall while walking home from school. Arnold initially rejects Lila's advances, but eventually develops a crush on her. But by that point, Lila has already gotten over her romantic feelings for Arnold, and says that while she's flattered that he has a crush on her, she only likes him as a friend.
In School Play, she is assigned the penultimate understudy, making her the last person Helga has to get through in order to play Juliet opposite Arnold as Romeo. However, all of Helga's attempts to get Lila to quit fail. Lila suddenly begins to hint she knows why Helga wants to play Juliet, and says she would be willing to quit if Helga admitted she liked Arnold. Helga eventually admits to Lila that she does have a crush on Arnold, and Lila willingly gives the role to Helga---this makes Lila one of just a few people who know of Helga's crush on Arnold, including Phoebe (Helga's best friend), Dr. Bliss (Helga's therapist), Brainy (possibly), and Patty (possibly from Helga vs. Big Patty). Helga's crush on Arnold could be a reason why Lila continues to only like Arnold as a friend.
In Timberly Loves Arnold, Timberly asks Arnold, "Did anyone ever really hurt your feelings?," and Arnold sadly looks at Lila. After Arnold gets turned down again by Lila at the end of the episode, he finally decides to try to let go of his romantic feelings for her.
Lila does make an appearance in Hey Arnold!: The Movie, albeit a very brief one. Additionally, it is unlikely that she would have made an appearance in Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie because she was never mentioned in any of the pre-production material.
- In the episode "Weird Cousin", we learn she does not like scary movies.
- In the episode "Love And Cheese", we learn that Lila can't swim and that she's allergic to stuffed animals.
- In the episode "Eugene, Eugene!" (which is her favorite musical) she shows she's a good, if plain, singer.
- In the episodes "Love and Cheese" and "Timberly Loves Arnold" she gets sick on roller coasters.
- In the episode Big Sis, Lila and Olga Pataki evidently have similar personalities and interests. They have a tickle fight and both are very ticklish.
- In her first four appearances, her hair was red. Starting with the episode " Love and Cheese", her hair is brown.
- In personality, she may be inspired by Becky Thatcher from, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", by Mark Twain. Her last name also may be a reference to Tom Sawyer.
- She has a tendency to add the words "ever so" to just about every sentence she speaks.
- Despite her kindness and sweetness in just about every episode, in the last episode, Phoebe's Little Problem, Lila makes a rude and bored face with the other kids while Phoebe is giving a speech. This is explained by Craig Bartlett in his chat hosted by Salvemos a Arnold Latinomerica, he says, "The truth is, the writers didn't think about them, just the main story...and the artists may draw them looking bored, for example, and the fans are all 'hey, they don't even care about Phoebe!'"
- In an interview, Craig Bartlett claims that Lila has a repressed dark side.
- Arnold & Lila
- Arnold Visits Arnie
- Big Sis
- Dinner for Four
- Eugene, Eugene!
- Gerald's Tonsils (no cues)
- Helga's Masquerade
- Helga's Parrot (episode)
- Hey Arnold!: The Movie (no cues)
- It Girl
- Love and Cheese
- Ms. Perfect (First appearance)
- Phoebe Skips
- School Play
- Synchronized Swimming
- Timberly Loves Arnold
- Weird Cousin
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